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Sir Graham Bright steps down as Police Commissioner

Following the appointment of Jason Ablewhite as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire last Friday (6th May), the county’s first Police Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright will step down on Wednesday 11th May.

Sir Graham began his final week by taking the opportunity to thank the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for their support, along with the staff and officers of the Constabulary.

Sir Graham said: “My final weeks have been busy with the launch of a new Volunteer Police Cadet unit in Cambridge City, the ‘Passing Out’ Ceremony of a second cohort in Peterborough, attending the Home Affairs Select Committee Seminar on Security, and making sure everything is in order for a smooth transition.”

Highlights over the three and a half years for Sir Graham include setting up Cambridgeshire’s first Victims’ Hub (with over 10,000 victims referred since 2014 and over 6,000 people directly supported); supporting young people through the Youth Fund (£55,000 in grants helping 1,883 people); creating a Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme with five units now established; and supporting people experiencing mental health crisis through the Mental Health Concordat.

Sir Graham added: “There have been challenges along the way, particularly in terms of funding, however through careful financial management, we have been able to save £16 million without reducing frontline officer numbers.”

And what is Sir Graham most proud of?

“The ability to bring people together to stimulate new ways of working, from bringing employers and ex-offenders together at HMP Peterborough to create new employment schemes, to hosting the county’s first Cybercrime conference, I have thoroughly enjoyed the role.”

“Last Friday Jason Ablewhite was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner and I know he will be eager to get out and about and meet as many of you as possible. I wish him all the very best and hope to see Cambridgeshire continue to lead the way to more effective, responsive and efficient policing.”

Cambridgeshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner takes over on Thursday 12th May.